Proposals meant to help veterans with housing, finding a job and tax relief were approved Tuesday in the state Senate as lawmakers seek to boost those who served in the armed forces and in conflict zones.
“Thanks to the sacrifices millions have made for our nation, New York is left a secure and prosperous haven for people worldwide,” said Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. “In honor of the veterans who protected this way of life, we must continue to support their smooth and dignified transition to the civilian side."
The bills include the creation of a career assistance program within the state’s public college and university system as well as at the City University of New York.
Lawmakers also approved a property tax exemption for veterans who served in combat and a similar exemption for those veterans who have a 100% service connect disability.
The publication of the number of veterans or their surviving spouses who are on wait lists for housing in New York would also be required under another measure approved on Tuesday.
“We owe everything to our veterans and active duty military personnel,” said state Sen. John Brooks, the Democratic chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs Committee. “Those who serve in the armed forces are prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect the liberties of their family, friends and neighbors. They are the local heroes of our communities and we should strive to give back to them in every way we can.”